January 1968 calendar

January 1968

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in January 1968.
The US president was Lyndon B. Johnson (Democrat), the UK Prime Minister was Harold Wilson (Labour), Pope St Paul VI was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on January 1968: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of January 1968?


  • 01 Jan 1968 WDCO TV channel 15 in Cochran, Georgia (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 02 Jan 1968 Zizi closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 49 performances
  • 04 Jan 1968 Duck hunter accidentally shoots endangered whooping crane in Texas
  • 05 Jan 1968 Alexander Dubcek comes to power: ''Prague Spring'' begins in Czechoslovakia.
  • 06 Jan 1968 Surveyor 7 (last of series) launched by US for soft-landing on Moon.
  • 07 Jan 1968 GE College Bowl quiz show premieres on NBC TV
  • 08 Jan 1968 British Prime Minister Harold Wilson endorses the 'I'm Backing Britain' campaign for working an additional half hour each day without pay.ref name=quotWilson after-dinner speechquotJohn Chartres, quotWilson Joins 'I Back Britain'quot, ''The Times'', 9 January 1968, p. 1.
  • 09 Jan 1968 US Surveyor 7 space probe soft lands on the Moon.
  • 10 Jan 1968 Great Balls of Fire reaches #1
  • 11 Jan 1968 Explorer 36 (GEOS-B) launched into earth orbit
  • 12 Jan 1968 Beatles Film Production Ltd changes name to Apple Film Production Ltd
  • 13 Jan 1968 Hallelujah, Baby! closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 293 performances
  • 14 Jan 1968 Soyuz 4 launched
  • 15 Jan 1968 KDCD TV channel 18 in Midland, TX (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 16 Jan 1968 21st NHL All-Star Game: Toronto Maple Leafs beat All-Stars 4-3 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • 17 Jan 1968 Soyuz 4 and 5 completed 1st docking of 2 manned spacecraft
  • 18 Jan 1968 Happy Time opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 286 performances
  • 19 Jan 1968 WKBF TV channel 61 in Cleveland, OH (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 20 Jan 1968 US female Figure Skating championship won by Peggy Fleming.
  • 21 Jan 1968 US B-52 bomber with nuclear bomb crashes in Greenland.
  • 22 Jan 1968 Apollo Program: Apollo 5 lifts off carrying the first Lunar module into space.
  • 23 Jan 1968 Spy ship USS Pueblo and 83-man crew seized in Sea of Japan by North Korea.
  • 25 Jan 1968 Risse St. in Bronx named
  • 26 Jan 1968 Israeli submarine Dakar crashes in Mediterranean Sea, 69 die
  • 27 Jan 1968 Darling of the Day opens at George Abbott Theater NYC for 31 performances
  • 28 Jan 1968 Goose Goslin and Kiki Cuyler elected to baseball Hall of Fame.
  • 29 Jan 1968 Nauru adopts constitution.
  • 30 Jan 1968 Bobby Goldsboro records his biggest hit, Honey
  • 31 Jan 1968 Record high barometric pressure (1083.8 mb, 32 inches), at Agata, USSR.
  • 05 Jan 1968 Alexander Dubček comes to power in Czechoslovakia, effectively beginning the "Prague Spring".
vinyl songs

Music charts

Which were the top hits in January 1968?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - Hello Goodbye
  2. - Judy In Disguise (With Glasses)
  3. - Daydream Believer
  4. - Chain Of Fools
  5. - Green Tambourine

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Lily The Pink
  2. - Hello Goodbye
  3. - The Good, The Bad And The Ugly
  4. - Magical Mystery Tour (EP)
  5. - Ballad Of Bonnie And Clyde


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in January 1968?

Report From Iron Mountain by Leonard C. Lewin

Report From Iron Mountain


This 1960s satire makes convincing claims to be a government document about the negative effects of post-Cold War peace upon American society, economy, and society.

A Night Of Watching by Elliott Arnold

A Night Of Watching


"Etoiles", a multimedia resource designed for Key Stages 3 & 4 of the National Curriculum, is published jointly by BBC & Longman. It offers a variety of multimedia resources that encourage learning and capture the interest of students.

The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron

The Confessions of Nat Turner


The only lasting, effective revolt against American Negroslavy took place in the late summer 1831 in remote Virginia...

Nicholas And Alexandra by Robert K. Massie

Nicholas And Alexandra


The tale of the love that ended an Empire. In this powerful book, Robert K. Massie, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, takes readers back to Imperial Russia to tell their story.

The President'S Plane Is Missing by Robert J. Serling

The President'S Plane Is Missing


An unprecedented crisis... President Jeremy Haines, like many of his predecessors, is weighed down with the solemn duties and danger posed by both the Soviet Union (China) and the United States.